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Treating the Male Hysteric

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It’s time to accept that Naked Therapy may be the best way to prevent uncontrollable acts of arousal frenzy like those committed by former US Congressman Anthony Weiner. First published August 25, 2011 Just over two months ago US Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) resigned for sending sexually suggestive images and messages to women via his Twitter account. During Weinergate, one question was constantly asked by the media – How could he? Youngest member ever of the NY City Council. Chuck Schumer protege. Married to an aide of Hillary...

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Naked Therapy and Women

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So, you might be saying “Okay, but how does all this talk about nakedness and arousal in the therapeutic context apply to women?” Good question… As a May 2011 article in the NY Times pointed out, therapy in America is being “feminized” (their word, not mine). Most therapists are women, and most patients are women. Men, in short, are opting out of therapy, which is, as I have said elsewhere, a bit of a global mental health crisis. Men are far more likely to kill themselves or someone else, commit a crime, end up as a substance abuser, etc. Men...

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Why Men Look at Porn

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In a recent Journal of Personality and Social Psychology article entitled “More than a Body: Mind Perception and the Nature of Objectification,” researchers published a fascinating study that investigates the verity of the claim that “looking at someone sexually objectifies them.” As the authors point out, this assertion has a long history, going all the way back (at least) to Immanuel Kant who said in 1780, “sexual love makes of the loved person an Object of appetite; as soon as that appetite has been stilled, the person is cast aside as one...

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Global MENtal Health Crisis

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As a recent NY Times article pointed out, therapy is fast becoming a sexually segregated science. 80% of all master’s degrees in psychology go to women, up from 50% in the 1970s. Men account for only 10% of social workers under the age of 34. Of all professional counselors, only 10% are men, down from 30% in 1982. And while some female clinicians (most notably Holly Sweet of MIT) are looking to educate their gender on how to better treat men, it’s hard to ignore the feeling that therapy just isn’t for men, on either side of the couch. For to...

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Censored from the West Chelsea Artists Open Studios, Sarah White Announces Own Open Studio for May 13, 2012

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NEW YORK, May 4, 2012 — The art world, long the object of censorship, is now censoring artists. In a clear case of anti-woman, anti-naked, and anti-artist prejudice, West Chelsea Artists Open Studios (WCAOS), perhaps one of the world’s most important open studio events, initially accepted Sarah White as a photographer/performance artist on April 19, but then censored and banned her on May 1. The censoring came when Ms. White tried to identify herself as The Naked Therapist and submitted a feature image. She was then removed from the event via...

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Talk About Linsane

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I heard some college girls sitting in the bar the other night talking about their bad cases of Linsanity. They just thought jumping Jeremy was about the sexiest thing they’d ever seen. What a story! The NBA’s first Asian! Harvard Grad! And look at him, playing with all those Big Boys! Now, I’ll get back to these ladies, and what I find so Linsipid about their Linfatuation, in a moment. But first, let me confess – I too have a bad case of Linsanity. No, not for Jeremy Lin, though he’s all fine and well, but for...

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Erotics of the Environment

Posted by on 10:03 pm in Naked Therapy Musings | 1 comment

I have a client who shared some thoughts with me the other day that spurred some thinking of my own as to one of the reasons I am an avid environmentalist. I’ll have to paraphrase his thoughts due to confidentiality, but I know you’ll get the gist. A sexually reserved man by nature, and somewhat addled by guilt over his desires, he told me about how he and his girlfriend had been doing some traveling, and that in each location the sex had been different, to the point that it had both invigorated and somewhat frightened him, and he...

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Online Therapy…Naked? Post-Mortem

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Online Therapy…Naked? Post-Mortem

Just had an article published on PsychCentral.com about my appearance on the SXSW panel hosted by Dr. John Grohol called “Online Therapy…Naked?” in Austin last week. In it I share my thoughts about the ethics of online and naked therapy, field some of co-panelists’ concerns, and muse on what the future of virtual therapy might be. You can read it...

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My Valentine’s Day Challenge

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My Valentine’s Day Challenge

The “Day of Love” is upon us, and with Rick Santorum (aka Senator Lovekill) surging in the polls, I heartily put forth to my readers the same Valentine’s Day Challenge I gave to my clients: Send a love note to the last person in the world you would ever admit to loving. No, I’m not trying to start some “spread the peace” movement, though that would be a wonderful byproduct. Rather, I pose this challenge to help you see that all the hate you feel for someone who’s “done you wrong,” all the...

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A New Look at New Year’s Resolutions

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As the clock ticks towards the final countdown of 2011, people all over the world tick off the litany of resolutions they hope to realize in the New Year. Since the Babylonians pioneered the concept of New Year’s Resolutions in 2000 BC, humankind has put its faith in the promise of a new year. Even though January 1st has no more restorative power than December 1st or August 31st, the day has become the panacea for all perceived insecurities, inadequacies and failures.  It has become the restart button. However, for all the optimism and hope...

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